CAMBRIDGE — Maryland State Police and deputies from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a wanted fugitive as the investigation continues into the murder of a Baltimore County man who was found dead in Dorchester County.
According to state police, the wanted fugitive is identified as James Andre Reddick Jr., 29, of Baltimore. Police believe he also goes by Shane or Dre’.
Reddick is wanted on criminal charges including first-degree murder. He also is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service, police said.
Police described Reddick as an African American man; 6 feet, 1 inch tall; 165 pounds; with brown eyes and black hair. Police said he is known to frequent Baltimore and York, Pa.
He is considered armed and dangerous, police said.
According to police, the victim is identified as Deontae Vilada Belcher, 25, of Rosedale.
Police said he was found dead Friday, May 1, in a wooded area in Dorchester County. An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause and manner of death as homicide by gunshot wounds, police said.
Shortly before noon on May 1, police said, deputies from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office responded to 911 calls reporting a body found lying along a power line trail alongside Horns Point Road in Cambridge. The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was requested to respond and take the lead in the investigation.
Upon their arrival, police said, investigators found the decomposed body of the victim, later identified as Belcher, the subject of a missing person report. Evidence found at the scene indicated Belcher had sustained at least one gunshot wound, according to police.
Police learned Belcher last was seen on April 11 getting into a four-door sedan with two other people. His mother had reported him missing to the Baltimore County Police Department on April 18, police said.
The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit is the lead in this investigation. Additional assistance is being provided by Criminal Enforcement Division Upper Shore investigators, the Maryland State Apprehension Team, deputies from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, the Baltimore County Police Department and the Dorchester County State’s Attorney’s Office. Maryland State Police crime scene technicians processed evidence found at the scene.
Anyone with information about this murder or regarding Reddick’s whereabouts is urged to contact Cpl. Scott Sears of the Maryland State Police at 443-783-7230.